The Body category of Laban Movement Analysis contains various subsections, one of which is Patterns of Total Body Connectivity. They are: Breath, Core-Distal, Head-Tail, Upper-Lower, Body-Half, and Cross Lateral. These are based on observable neurological patterns babies go through in about the first 14 months of life. The differentiation of the upper and lower parts of the body allow the baby to experience locomotion! The baby realizes that if they push with their legs and feet, they will move forward, and if they push with their hands they might move back. Our lower body, though it is responsible for ambulating (walking), is also quite good at stability, which is very useful to us as cellists (and musicians in general), and certainly allows for upper-body mobility. The questions addressed in this video are how can we feel stability (and power) in the lower body? How can we use the upper body mobility that is gained by lower-body stability? How can our lower body connect through to the upper, and what does all of this do to our sound? I encourage you to work to notice also what it does for you physically. Is there any tension or relaxation that wasn't there before? How is it helping? hurting?